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As an 18-year-old rookie having come from Greece's second division, there was some uncertainty as to how and if Giannis Antetokounmpo would fit in the NBA game. There isn't anymore.
He showed tremendous promise as a rookie, even if it came in spurts. And though I normally wouldn't put much stock in the summer league, the Greek Freak's performance in Vegas this July was eye-opening.
Not only has he reportedly grown from 6'9" to nearly 6'11", according to Bucks general manager John Hammond, via Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, but his offensive game also appeared a lot more refined.
From step-backs and pull-ups to crafty finishes in the lane, Antetokounmpo has showcased the scoring arsenal of a wing blended with the size of a 4 and handle of a point guard.
Coach Jason Kidd even mentioned he plans on experimenting with Antetokounmpo at the point, a position he played as a prospect in Greece.
"We've seen it in practice," Kidd told Charles F. Gardner of the Journal Sentinel. "When you see a player's comfort level with the ball—no matter what size—we wanted to see it in game action. We slowly have started letting him have the ball and running the offense."
Between his offensive versatility and defensive upside (potential to guard up to four positions), along with his unique background and youth as a 19-year-old sophomore, I'm not even sure we can identify or fairly project his NBA ceiling.
I'm fully buying into Antetokounmpo as one of the game's premier young talents and up-and-coming stars. He still has a ways to go, but the path he's on could really lead to something special.